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Media Briefing and Q&A with Leading Researchers on Zika Virus and Diagnostic Testing

Leading researchers will discuss the global impact and role of diagnostic testing for the Zika virus as well as how the timing of infection affects pregnancy and newborns at a media briefing in advance of the 68th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo being held in Philadelphia, July 31–August 4.

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In the News: Drivers Frustrated by Lane Merge Method

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It’s called “zipper merge,” and more and more transportation departments around the country are encouraging motorists to use it, according to an Associated Press report by Bill Draper. That’s when a driving lane is closed ahead, and motorists use all available lanes and alternate entry into the open lane when they reach the lane closure. Missouri and Kansas have recently joined Minnesota and Washington in encouraging use of the “zipper merge.”

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Tips to Keep Fit Over Summer Break

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Many students view summer vacation as a time be lazy and relax, but it’s important for kids to keep up their physical activity year-round. Here are some fun physical exercise tips from P.E. coaches affiliated with UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind.

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Cutting Through the Clutter: Study Examines 'Dark Side of Home'

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The phrase “make yourself at home” seems innocuous but there is a significant psychological element to it that few may consider. The concept implies that a conscious effort must be employed in the endeavor. For some it’s as easy as good people in a good location. But according to a recent study, the most common method of “making oneself at home” is by identifying with the objects that are kept in the home — and that kind of attachment can have significant consequences if left unchecked.

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Brexit May Take A Toll On Tech Jobs In The UK And EU

What can United Kingdom and European Union tech job seekers expect following the mostly unanticipated jolt from Britain's vote to exit the UK.

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Expert Offers Commentary on U.S. Preparedness for Imminent Health Security Threats

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University of Kentucky professor Glen Mays provides commentary on the Health Security Preparedness Index, which measures the ability of the U.S. government to respond to disasters.

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Mindfulness Key to Eating What You Want While Preventing Overeating

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Americans spend more than 60 billion dollars a year on weight loss products; two-thirds of these dieters are estimated to regain more weight within four or five years than they originally lost according to the Live Strong Foundation. A new book from a University of Missouri researcher provides an innovative and effective program to help people adopt healthy eating habits by mindfully listening to their body’s needs, without giving up food.

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Dark Pools Threaten Market Governance of Financial Markets

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A new regulatory solution to protect traders and investors is needed in the age of Dark Pools, a prevalent and different kind of exchange.

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New Book by Wellesley College Political Scientist Holds Answers to How the Presidential Primary’s Populist Explosion Will Transform the General Election

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As the author of the recently published Populism’s Power: Radical Grassroots Democracy in America, Wellesley College's Laura Grattan can articulate how intensified appeals to "rule by the people"—from Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders—have transformed our political landscape and what it means for the future.

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Will Recent Police-Related Shootings Trigger “Ferguson Effect”?

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Will the scrutiny surrounding recent shootings in Texas, Louisiana and Minnesota cause local law enforcement to scale back their policing efforts? Nationally recognized criminal justice expert Justin Nix has studied the "Ferguson Effect" and is available for comment.

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Jimmy Gurulé Testifies Before House Committee on Bill to Allow 9/11 Victims’ Families to Sue Saudi Arabia

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University of Notre Dame Law professor Jimmy Gurulé testified Thursday (July 14) before the House Judiciary Committee’s Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee at a hearing on the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.

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Trump Picks Pence: Indiana Experts Available

Faculty from the University of Indianapolis Department of History and Political Science can offer a Hoosier perspective on the selection and its state and national impact.

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Researcher Looking at What Bears, Worms, Weeds Contribute to Obesity Treatment

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Naima Moustaid-Moussa, who recently accepted an NIH appointment to review grant applications, is a leading researcher in the causes of obesity.

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New Book Explores Correlation Between Pornography, Violence Against Women

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“Violence Against Women in Pornography,” a new book written by Dekeseredy, the Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences and director of the WVU Research Center on Violence, delves into the impact the pornography industry has had on technology; how it has become more mainstream over time; and what it’ll take to reverse the “rape myth” that is pervasive in society.

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Medical Weight-Loss Programs Extend Far Beyond Diet

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People with serious weight problems who are not interested in or candidates for bariatric surgery can turn to physician-supervised weight-loss programs go beyond diet and exercise to tackle obesity from multiple angles.

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21st International AIDS Conference 2016

As delegates gather in Durban, South Africa from July 19th to the 22nd for the 21st International AIDS Conference (2016), leading researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health are available to evaluate pioneering studies emerging in HIV prevention and treatment, stigma, ethical issues, and minority health, and comment on the major issues facing the global response to HIV. In Durban, ICAP is convening a pre-meeting event on July 16th-17th titled Nursing HIV 2016 on the state of nursing and global HIV and led by Dr. Susan Michaels-Strasser. For more details email: nursingHIV2016@gmail.com

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Help Students Avoid the ‘Pain’ of Back-to-School

Today’s students are susceptible to a range of musculoskeletal injuries, such as neck and back pain, as a result of some of the equipment and devices they frequently use: backpacks, smartphones and other mobile devices. As the end of summer approaches, parents can help their children avoid the “aches and pains” of going back to school by providing some practical advice, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

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Saliva Savant

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A lively look at a quirky but important and growing field of research.

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National Police Training Expert: Use Common Sense/Open Dialogue to Reduce Potential Police Shootings

Harvard Law Fellow and University of Louisville law professor Dr.Laura McNeal is a nationally-recognized expert in effective police training techniques and can provide unique insight, as well as real-life, tangible solutions to both the law enforcement and minority communities in the wake of the recent shootings.

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UNC Health Care, UNC School of Medicine Launch Zika Research Experts’ Page

UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine have launched a tool for media to request interviews with experts and researchers at the forefront of the global Zika research initiative.